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Marauder, Liberator, Vampire.

We released myths into the atmosphere

the way in 1783, Montgolfier

first set free his paper bag.


We invested machines

with the power of weather - Hurricane,

Thunderbolt and Whirlwind, as we name

our kids after singers and queens.


We envied predatory birds, the Gull,

Eagle, Sparrowhawk, enough to borrow

their identities; and the strongest god,

Hercules, carried to Olympus on a cloud.


A Valkyrie was among the first to fly;

her name, 'chooser of the slain' a premonition

of the Blitz and Dresden or the last calls

to earth from those infamous planes.

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